Rihanna Was Voted Most Influential, But She's Really A Bad Role Model

Thu, April 19, 2012 4:06pm EDT by 19 Comments

Rihanna was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world — and I don’t agree! Keep reading to find out why.

TIME Magazine has named Rihanna, the poster child of desperation and domestic abuse, one of 2012’s most influential people. While there’s no denying the 24-year-old pop star is extremely talented, should we really be calling a woman who recently collaborated on two overly-sexual songs with the man who savagely beat her… well, influential?

According to the publication’s own description, the annual Time 100 list is comprised of “the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world.” They are “breakouts, pioneers, moguls, leaders, and icons.”

It’s true, Rihanna did create a national dialogue about domestic abuse, but for the wrong reasons. She made it forgivable. People do make mistakes and even if Chris Brown wasn’t thinking clearly when he bashed Rihanna’s face, resulting in injuries that police later described as “horrific,” that’s not the kind of person any woman should want back in their life.

While Rihanna’s 17-million plus Twitter followers may relish reading the suggestive tweets directed at her former flame, we need to recognize this sort of attention-grabbing, desperate behavior is not healthy.

Fashion designer, Stella McCartney, wrote Rihanna’s blurb in the annual article explaining the “Birthday singer” is “one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today,” adding that she “goes out of her way to support the people she believes in.” That right there is the problem! Rihanna goes out of her way to not only support, but also command the attention of the man that attacked her.

Rihanna is clearly a disturbed young woman and instead of encouraging her to seek professional help, we buy her degrading collaborations and we bestow a title of influence.

Even more disturbing is the fact that Rihanna DOES have the power to be influential. Her fans range from impressionable teenagers to well-adjusted adults. She’s interesting; she’s sassy; hell, she’s confident enough to eat dinner at a trendy soho restaurant all alone, but instead of using her fame as a platform to become a role model, Rihanna would rather post revealing photos and passive-agressive messages online.

Hopefully, Rihanna will recognize the honor of being named one of the world’s most influential people and use this as an opportunity to get her life together.

Do YOU think Rihanna deserves a spot on this year’s list?

Jennifer Kamm

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Posted at 3:17 PM on September 4, 2012  

I blame the magazine for even putting her on the list. Rihanna is an entertainer and I doubt it that she considers herself a role model. I’m not gonna tell her how to live her life but I feel that everyone should try to be a role model in their lives and that includes everyone. Rihanna is a very popular popsinger and her music is listened to by kids and teenagers, if you ask a teenager what kind of music they’re in to the majority of them will say Rihanna or some singer like Rihanna. I think parents should be more careful about what their kids listen to. Rihanna, whether or not she is listened to by children, should try to be a better role model, not for others but for herself. Everyone can be a role model.

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Graham

Posted at 1:12 PM on August 9, 2012  

Very Very bad role model for women. And its young teenage women who seem to love her, and her lyrics are a disgrace, eminem used to get slammed for his lyrics, why isn’t she??

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ntebo

Posted at 6:07 AM on June 27, 2012  

I love her.Nobody is perfect and i dnt judge anybody.

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christine

Posted at 8:38 PM on June 26, 2012  

Amen! Rihanna is a pig!!! Fox actually called her a “role model.” Yes, she is talented, so why must she degrade women and sing songs that our innocent children stumble upon. She is a disgrace. Do you know that MIchele Obama actually publicly supported her and said she was a role model – REALLY!!??? Have her children listened to her songs? Let’s start a mom’s against rhianna campaign!!!

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missymills

Posted at 8:35 PM on June 19, 2012  

datz jus ppl opinoin cuz she nt followin hiim anymore n so far she does nt hve a reality show so is d only way her fans keep up with her and if is the only bad thing she ve done in d spotlight then i think she deserve it gud thing abt her sexy pics it helps sum girls to be more cpmfortable with themselves n body so back off!!

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Goddess

Posted at 11:42 AM on May 3, 2012  

are you serious????? are we really saying the ONLY reason she is a bad role model is because she MIGHT want Chris back? so the parading around half naked and showing our young ladies what NOT to do to be respected isnt enough? We hold her up to be a role model and then are disappointed when she fails… look she has more problems than loving or wanting a man that may or may not want her back. But a little self esteem would let her know that she is beautiful and doesnt have to show it alllllll to the world to prove it.

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missymills

Posted at 8:38 PM on June 19, 2012  

gud point luv it n i think she hve her self esteem nw

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Nia

Posted at 10:34 PM on April 21, 2012  

Rihanna said it herslef that she is NOone Role Model it just the Fact that People Look up to her NO matter what, and she does her best at performaing anything else she is an Entertainer

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Dinnyq

Posted at 1:30 AM on April 21, 2012  

You’re an idiot. Rihanna is fantastic at what she does and that’s performing. When has Rihanna said she is a role model? Oh wait, she hasn’t! Because she isn’t one. Period. She’s an ENTERTAINER. Thus, her job is to entertain! And as long as she does that it doesn’t matter how she lives her life. It’s HER personal life. She can be as wreckless as she pleases. Parents need to be role models to their children not celebrities. The way she lives works for her. That doesn’t mean other people should try to imitate her behavior. She isn’t living to be an example to anyone else. Rihanna lives for HERSELF. Why should she give a damn about the critics? Who the hell are they to be telling her how to live her OWN life? Go govern your child and leave her be. I’m glad she’s indifferent to the haters and that she never gives a f_ck. The “celebrities should be role models” argument is WEAK. They should be what they want to be.

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mystical ways

Posted at 12:30 AM on April 20, 2012  

Rihanna is a role model because she his lived her life on her own terms and that takes guts. . .she has made a success out of her life all by herself. . .no sugar daddies. . .even now she is not letting ppl dictate what to do about Chris brown. . .she felt he deserves to be forgiven. . She cud have taken the holier than thou image and said she is forgiving Chris brown for every human being deserves second chance. . .blah blah blah. . .no she just went rihanna style and forgave him. . .simply cause she felt like he did deserve it. . .

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D.D.

Posted at 4:46 AM on April 20, 2012  

There are many other reasons a person lives their life on their own terms, and it isn’t necessarily synonymous with having guts.

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koby

Posted at 12:18 AM on April 20, 2012  

Rihanna must have bumped out Lindsay Lohan on the list. What a shame.

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Amy

Posted at 5:49 PM on April 19, 2012  

This site is so hypocritical. Everyday they say that she and Chris should get back together. No all of sudden she’s a bad person?

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Lucas

Posted at 4:58 PM on April 19, 2012  

I guess if we did a background check all the other people nominated they are Glorified Saints sullied with the inclusion of Rihanna and all the other hypocritical, self righteous Judges, Jurors and Executioners on here live a Do- Good-always life. Boy would I like to play detective with most of these people. Wonder what skeletons their closets would let out?

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Super

Posted at 4:46 PM on April 19, 2012  

We should be blaming the magazine. I mean, I don’t think Rihanna should stop living her life just because everyone says she should. Can we really ridicule a grown woman for doing what she wants? She can be slutty, trashy, etc if she wants. Who are who to tell her otherwise? If I were you, I’d be blaming the magazine for naming her that.

Though Rihanna IS slutty, trashy, and a bad role model, that’s her thing…

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Hagvs

Posted at 4:40 PM on April 19, 2012  

All her pictures now are of her smoking weed and partying HARD, I know that its not a singers responsibility to raise young kids but she still needs to control herself… imo

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laura

Posted at 4:29 PM on April 19, 2012  

Why mentioning Chris but not about her behavior, she is trashy 0 talent just getting sympathy one day karma will get her and people will realize what she is about. LEAVE CHRIS ALONE. talk a girl with 0 talent. doesnt write her music, just fingering herself and selling sex can be influential. hhuh CB is an easy target. ignorance is a bliss

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oh dear

Posted at 4:20 PM on April 19, 2012  

lets just say, whenever i hear “rihanna” the following comes to mind:
drugs, alcohol, parties, disturbed, confidence issues, programming, attention seeker, easy, little self-respect.

the only influence this woman has over me is my wish to never become like that.

i hope she gets her sh’t together someday. took britney a while as well, that business is toxic.

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anonymous

Posted at 4:13 PM on April 19, 2012  

My opinion of her has changed dramatically after all she has done and the pictures she constantly posts. I think she is trashy….

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